Ball Corporation has announced that it will cease production at its beverage packaging plant in San Martino, Italy at the end of December 2018.
Ball has assured customers that are supplied by the San Martino facility that they will be supplied by Ball’s other European production facilities.
The company has also stated that it will now convert one production line at its Nogara, Italy plant to sleek cans as a result of the closure, and the conversion will occur approximately one year after the San Martino plant is closed.
The San Martino site opened in 1981 and employs approximately 70 people.
Colin Gillis, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe said: “Given the market environment in Italy, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long-term.
“While closing a plant is always a difficult decision, our goal is ensuring the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,600 employees in Europe.”
The news comes just a week after Ball opened a new €100 million production facility in Guadalajara, Spain, which will produce speciality aluminium cans.
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